Day One – Example Haikus

Welcome to the second week of this exploration in poetry.  

I hope that you will be able set aside time this week to play around with a poetic form. This week it’s the Haiku the traditional japanese poetry form.

Today we will look at an few examples of Haiku poetry. Remember the form? Traditional haiku are always the same, including the following features: There are only three lines, totaling 17 syllables. The first line is 5 syllables. The second line is 7 syllables. The third line is 5 syllables again.

I thought to start with I would provide a few example haiku:

The wren
Earns his living
Noiselessly.
– Kobayahsi Issa

Blowing from the west
Fallen leaves gather
In the east.
– Yosa Buson

My life, –
How much more of it remains?
The night is brief.
– Masaoka Shiki


As you can see from these examples the Haiku is a simple poetry form with a lot of richness.

If you have time today feel free to try your hand at writing a haiku yourself.

(This is a fun online haiku generator you can play with if you feel stuck).

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